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Student Visa (Onshore Offshore Applicant)

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Old 09-18-2010, 08:38 AM
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Student Visa (Onshore Offshore Applicant)


I am a US lad on a WHV which will be expiring here in November and I wish to study out here in Feb. My plan is to obtain a Student Visa for when school starts and apply for a Bridging Visa to cover me between Nov and Feb. When that is sorted, I'd really like to Fly home for the holiday's to see my family and sick Grandmother. My return ticket to the states will be expiring and I would really like to see it used. After the holidays I would then fly back to Oz and work full time on the Bridging Visa until the Student visa kicks in, at which point I would drop back to 20 hours, study, and live life.
(I realize that I would need a bridging visa B to leave)

My First question is; After I receive my letter of offer (which should come any day now) I will then apply for my student visa, but at which point do I apply for the Bridging Visa. And could I apply for Bridging Visa A and B at the same time at the immi office?

Second question: Are there any issues with applying for a Student Visa Onshore and then heading home.

Would my Student Visa application move to the back of the "Offshore Applicant" Line when I leave the country.

My current visa does not have a "no further stay condition".

Thank you for your time.

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Old 09-18-2010, 01:54 PM
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It'll be up to Immi whether they set-up a bridging visa for you between the end of your WHV and the student visa commencing and if so you do not need to apply for it but ask about it at the time of your student visa application or before you lodge is probably better if planning on applying online so you'll know what to expect.
You cannot have both the A & B at the same time and you'll need to apply for a B and you should also ask whether the B reverts back to an A on return or whether you can work on the B as well.
Student visas get issued fairly quickly and there's not really a queueing for them as such.

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